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The Right Way To Clean Plantation Shutters

October 16, 2015
Our Guide for Virginia Beach Residents on How to Clean Shutters

Whether you’re doing your spring cleaning or prepping your house for a gathering, cleaning your Virginia Beach shutters is something that you need to do, and do right. If it’s not, you might risk lasting stains, discoloring, or damage to the shutter.

What’s the best way to clean shutters? That depends on what kind of shutters you have in your space.

Cleaning Faux Wood ShuttersCleaning Wood Shutters

Cleaning Faux Wood Shutters  

To see how Denise Cooper of Be My Guest with Denise cleans her Polywood shutters, watch this video. 
Cleaning your Virginia Beach faux wood shutters like Polywood® is a little different than cleaning real wood. Typically, there’s no finish stain that needs to be preserved, and faux wood is a little more resilient to scratches or blemishes.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • A dusting cloth preferably microfiber)

  • A slightly wet cloth

Using a dusting cloth, wipe over each part of your shutters to get rid of any dust or debris. For larger stains or messes, wipe them down with a slightly damp cloth. Like with real wood shutters, don’t use any chemical compounds or any abrasive cleaners.

A damp cloth is fine to use to clean the entire shutter, but it’s usually a good idea to dry the shutter when you’re done. 

Cleaning Natural Wood Shutters

How To Clean Wood Shutters In Virginia Beach, VA

When cleaning natural wood shutters, you need to take special care not to do anything that could damage the finish or expose the wood to moisture.

Here’s what you’ll need to clean:

  • A dust cloth (microfiber preferred)

  • A soft, dry cloth

To clean the dust off of wood shutters, all that’s needed is to give the shutter panels and frame a quick once-over with a dusting cloth.

For smudges or spills, first wipe down with a dry cloth. You usually shouldn’t use a damp cloth unless absolutely necessary, and even then, the dryer the cloth, the better. Only do this for the affected area – don’t wipe down the entire shutter with it. If you use a damp cloth, be sure to follow it with a dry cloth. Also, never use an abrasive chemical agent, or else you may damage the finish of the wood. 

For additional cleaning tips, get in touch with us by calling 757-210-6448.

Note: These directions were specifically made for products built by Sunburst shutters. For how to clean shutters from a different manufacturer, contact your installer.